Beat the ground at the Breaffy 10k

The sixth annual Breaffy 10k race takes place on Sunday October 9 at 2.30pm. The race is part of 2016 Mayo AC Vodafone C&C Cellular Club League. The walk/jog/run event is organized by Breaffy Community/Breaffy GAA. This community inspired event is aimed at runners and walkers of all abilities and levels of fitness.

The one lap predominantly flat route starts behind the national school in the village and goes through picturesque country roads to finish at the front of the school. There are toilet facilities at the start/finish line and plenty of parking in the village, at the church, GAA grounds, or in Breaffy House Resort, all within easy walking distance of the national school. There will be water stations at the 3k and 7k marks. When the event is over everyone can relax over tea and refreshments in the school hall. Presentation of prizes will take place at 4pm. All runners and walkers, men and women, are welcome. The course has been officially measured and certified to AAI standards. A permit has been issued for the race by The Athletics Association of Ireland.

The entry fee on the day is €15 and can be made between 12 noon and 2pm at St John's National School, Breaffy, Castlebar, on the day. There are prizes for the top three men and women and the top two O50s.

Nolan and Gleeson win Ballyhaunis 8k

It was bright, showery, and breezy for the eighth annual RunWest Ballyhaunis Fit4Life 8k which took place over the familiar one lap course. The race was part of Mayo AC’s Vodafone C&C Cellular 2016 Club League with points to be won by club members. The rain cleared and the sun shone as the field turned off the Claremorris road and took on the tough climbs from 3-5k which always provide an extra challenge.

Claremorris duo – John Nolan in 30:50, and Kathy Gleeson in 31:10 – were the winners of the men’s and women’s races. John Nolan led home two Mayo AC runners Paul Reynolds and Neil Carroll in second and third. Kathy Gleeson also had two Mayo AC athletes in close contention. There were just 23 seconds separating the top three women who finished third, fourth and fifth overall – Ann Lennon in second place 31:30, and Sarah Syron finishing strongly close behind her in third 31:33. Mayo AC won all the age category prizes with W40 winner Tracy Cunnane in great form cutting 90 seconds off her 8k PB in 38:27 and Angela O’Connor W50 13th overall in 33:11. There was an excellent turnout by the Ballyhaunis Fit4Life runners as they competed for prizes on the local terrain.

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